January
21
2021
Author
Ceridwen Copping
Hosting with Hope at Home in the North West

Hope at Hope runs a hosting scheme for survivors of modern-day slavery.

Time spent within our host families can be transformative for survivors who have experienced the trauma of being trafficked. Given a safe environment, shown simple acts of daily kindness, treated with dignity and respect, our guests can begin to heal, discovering hope and beginning to believe a future is possible.

One host wrote:

“As I french-plaited my daughter’s hair, my guest watched quietly, then asked if I would mind also plaiting her hair. She sat as I began to gently brush and then plait her hair. ‘This reminds me of my mother plaiting my hair when I was little’ she said as she became tearful.” A simple act of kindness, reminding her of the last time she had felt loved.

In 2019, Home Office data records that 10,627 potential victims of slavery left their exploitation here in the UK and began to receive a package of support while their cases were decided. Once a decision has been made, many survivors are left facing homelessness and destitution, many not allowed to work, or claim benefits and therefore at significant risk of being re-trafficked.

Hope at Home believes that no survivor of modern slavery should be homeless.

In Greater Manchester one of our partners, City Hearts, has expressed a massive need for hosts, particularly for young men who have survived labour exploitation. You could be part of the solution!

If you have a spare room and a compassionate heart you too could make a difference in the life of a survivor of slavery, helping them to get back on their feet.

On 25 January, from 7.30-8.30 over Zoom, there is an opportunity to explore what hosting with us is like.

This is a great opportunity to find out what it is like to host a survivor of modern-day slavery and ask any questions.

What would I need to be able to offer?

Could I host if I am single?

What if I work full time, can I still host?

Will my children be safe?

What about Covid-19, how do I know my family will be safe? 

What support will I receive?

If you want these and any other questions answered, register through Eventbrite.

Do contact me to find out more: ceridwen@hopeathome.org.uk

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